Alexandra Ripley agreed not to include mixed-race sex in "Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind'" in order to land the $5 million writing contract. At a New York book store where she signed 334 copies of the book in two hours, Ripley said Thursday: "The lawyers for the Margaret Mitchell estate -- three men in their 70s -- were looking for specific things that would upset them, that they would consider in bad taste, and graphic sex, homosexuality and miscegenation were the things. They are a different generation."
Wilder crusade ends:
Gene Wilder, who received an award Thursday night from the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Conn., said he's ready to pack in his personal cancer-awareness campaign. "I'm going back to watercolor painting and acting and directing, and I'm going to retire from medicine," he said. Since the 1989 death of his wife, Gilda Radner, Wilder has been stomping for early detection of the disease, which he said could have saved Radner's life. Earlier this month he married hearing specialist Karen Webb, a consultant on a movie he made.